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A popular resort in Thailand has revolted against Russians who attacked it following Russia's invasion of Ukraine: people are outraged and complain to the police

Kateryna MalayNews
Russians have infuriated the residents of Thailand

Thai residents are concerned about the influx of Russian immigrants into the country. Thais complain that Russians are taking their jobs, operating illegal businesses, and committing crimes.

Russian citizens fleeing mobilization amid the war in Ukraine, initiated by Russia, are obtaining long-term visas without hindrance. This was reported by Al Jazeera, whose journalists assessed the public sentiment.

Residents of the resort island of Phuket and the capital, Bangkok, are suffering the most from these immigrants. Russian businesses here pose significant competition to local entrepreneurs. For instance, Russians offer more affordable services and taxi rides.

A popular resort in Thailand has revolted against Russians who attacked it following Russia's invasion of Ukraine: people are outraged and complain to the police

"Real estate prices have sharply increased, which, while good news for Thai property owners and real estate agents, has made life difficult for tenants. Russian-language businesses have emerged, often operating through Russian-language apps and staffed by people working illegally. There have also been reports of Russian sex workers," the article states.

Island residents complain that Russians have started to dominate the tourism industry and are undercutting long-standing competitors in the market. Additionally, expatriates do not use the local currency, pricing their services in rubles.

A popular resort in Thailand has revolted against Russians who attacked it following Russia's invasion of Ukraine: people are outraged and complain to the police

"They drive personal vehicles that are not registered with the Thai Transport Department as official vehicles and pick up tourists who book them through Russian apps, offering prices nearly 20 percent cheaper than ours," said Prayut Thongmusik, president of the Phuket Minibus Drivers Club.

Online, Thais complain that authorities should intervene and act in the interests of the country's residents, not "guests" attempting to make money in Thailand while businesses in Russia suffer from sanctions.

To address the growing public discontent, law enforcement officers, approached by frustrated Thais, have begun to detain and fine Russians who establish illegal businesses or otherwise violate the country's laws.

Previously, OBOZREVATEL reported that tourists were unhappy with their vacations at a resort in the Russian city of Sochi. Find out what they are dissatisfied with in the article.

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